Mihail Kennedy

 

Board Member

Mihail Kennedy grew up in the restaurant business in Billings, Montana. From a young age he was interested in where food came from and spent a great deal of time with a local ranch family that sold beef to his parents’ restaurant.  In high school he worked on this ranch doing odd jobs, fencing, and whatever else he was asked to do. In college he worked at ZooMontana while completing his degree in environmental studies and this is where he fell in love with ecology.  After graduation he went on to work as the environmental restoration manager for Montana Audubon, charged with restoring an old gravel mine to various native ecosystems. As rewarding as the work was for Audubon, his restaurant background was still calling.  At some point it became clear to him that the best use of his restaurant and ecology backgrounds was in raising food and when the opportunity to work at B Bar arose, he jumped at the chance. Mihail approaches agriculture with his ecology background and believes that without a healthy functioning ecosystem, you can’t raise high quality food.  Throughout the last seven years he’s been able to learn a great deal about regenerative agriculture and see the results of these processes as he manages the day to day physical operation of the ranch. He’s always learning and is excited to try new things even if they seem a bit daunting at first.  A natural educator, he’s always looking for opportunities to teach the regenerative practices he is working on. Ecosystems are in a constant state of flux and therefore one needs to be able to adapt their management to the present and future conditions.  Every day is a new puzzle.